Sunday, May 7, 2017

Diary of 1st Sergeant John L. Ransom: April 2, 1864

James Robins, an Indiana soldier, is in our close proximity. Was wounded and taken prisoner not long since Wound, which is in the thigh, is in a terrible condition, and gangrene setting in. Although he was carried to the gate to-day, was refused admission to the hospital or medical attendance. Rebels say they have no medicine for us. Robins has been telling me about himself and family at home, and his case is only one of a great many good substantial men of families who must die in Southern prisons, as victims to mismanagement. The poorer the Confederacy, and the meaner they are, the more need that our government should get us away from here, and not put objectionable men at the head of exchange to prevent our being sent home or back to our commands.

SOURCE: John L. Ransom, Andersonville Diary, p. 45-6

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